Meet the team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

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Farai Hanyane

Acting General Manager

Welcome to Sutton Grange's website; my name is Farai and I am the Acting General Manager here at the home.

I qualified as a RGN in 2005 and have experience in both hospital and community settings. I started my career with Barchester in 2008 and, since then, I have gone from strength to strength. 

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Ken Bullough

Resident Ambassador

Ken was one of our first residents here at Sutton Grange, and wholeheartedly embraces an array of activities throughout the home.

Through his own interests, Ken has been instrumental in helping us to provide interesting activities, aiding in building a sense of community and comradery amongst both staff and residents alike.

Ken’s interests have given us a basis for our weekly gardening club, a music club, and a film club. Ken’s love of painting means that our lovely activity room is never short of something beautiful to look at!

Ken says, "I don’t work hard, I just like to keep myself entertained."

As Ken enjoys keeping busy, he has joined the panel at interviews, asking potential staff important questions from a resident's perspective. His latest role here at Sutton Grange sees him talking to families who may be looking for care, about life here at Sutton Grange.

To thank him for his help and wonderful presence, we presented him with a set of paints and brushes for his favourite hobby.

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Jo Day

Deputy Manager

I qualified as an RM over 25 years ago and specialise in dementia care and end of life care. I previously lead services through the Gold Standard Framework. I have a passion for person-centred care and I am devoted to ensuring that those we support receive the highest standard of care possible.

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Adam Smith

Maintenance Manager

Hi, my name is Adam, and I am the Maintenance Manager here at Sutton Grange. I have been with the company for over five years.

Before working at Sutton Grange, I was a Maintenance Assistant at Cheshire Grange, another Barchester care home in Lym, Cheshire.

I've had a varied background of work experience: I've worked in a psychiatric hospital, I was self-employed with my own maintenance business that focused on home restorations, and I also became a qualified gas technician.

I believe that this core background knowledge, continued interest, and the desire to learn is what helped me to win the Divisional Maintenance Champion award at the 2015 Barchester Care Awards.

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Debbie Balmforth

Home Administrator

My name is Debbie and it is my role to support the General Manager by maintaining the administration and financial systems within the home.

I joined Barchester in 2014 after working for Barclays Bank for many years and it has given me an opportunity to really utilise my skills in such an amazing environment.

I have been able to help families as they navigate their way around the care fees funding maze and I really hope I am able to help you too.

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Christina May

Activities Coordinator

My role as Activities Coordinator began at the height of summer, 2017. It was an exciting time as Sutton Grange was in the midst of expansion, with a vibrant, evolving activities programme already in place.  

I arrived here after thirty five years specialising in psychological well-being and older people. In the 1980s, I trained as a Psychiatric Nurse and I have volunteered with Age Concern, Advocacy West Lancs and The Big Arts Project. I am a published author and journalist, having contributed to Nursing Times and Lancashire Life, and I teach the art of memoir. I was elected into the Society of Authors in 1996.

It is a privilege to be accepted into others' day-to-day lives and I enjoy my work immensely. Being purpose-built, Sutton Grange is unusual in that it has a large activities room for arts & crafts, which is always open for use. There is a well-established Gardening Club, with a productive greenhouse and kitchen garden, as well as flower beds and seating areas with parasols. Our spacious café is frequently transformed into a stage and dance floor and makes an excellent venue for everyday socialising and intellectual pursuits. Local societies can also meet here. Quieter areas are accessible on all units and useful for one-to-one sessions. 

Residents guide me in the planning of activities; my aim is to coordinate a programme that maintains an interesting and enjoyable retirement – and to make sure we have a whole lot of fun! 

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Krystina Dodd

Activities Coordinator

I have a degree in Music and Sound, with a focus on music and the brain, and music as therapy. I am a professional session vocalist, working with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC, MOBO awards, Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool International Music Festival, and Gareth Malone's Choir of the Year. I have also managed various charity festivals. I am a private vocal teacher and student teacher in adult education. It is so rewarding to share my passion for music with the residents.

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Dean McKeown

Head Chef

I have been Head Chef at Sutton Grange since August 2016. Prior to that I worked in another Barchester home in Kent. I have 25 years experience in catering, working in restaurants and at major Blue Ribbon Events. I am responsible for the day to day operations of the kitchen. I also make sure that residents needs and wishes are met and that they are treated in a dignified manner by myself and my team.I am always available to speak to if you require any information.

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Julie Weaver

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Julie Weaver and I am delighted to have been the Head Housekeeper at Sutton Grange for the last two years.

I feel privileged to be working in such a beautiful home and being part of a fantastic team. We meet our lovely residents along the way who so kindly let us come and work in their home each day. As the home grows we, as a team, will continue to work together, keeping their home spic and span, and make sure it feels like a real home from home.

My mantra is: ''Never look down on anyone unless you're helping them up''.

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Alison and Karen


One of the first friendly faces you'll see when you step foot through the doors of Sutton Grange, will either be Alison or Karen. These two are always on hand to make a cup of tea, coffee or whatever takes your fancy; or maybe they can be a friendly ear for what might be a much-needed chat. Whatever it is, they're always here to help.

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